When Porsche announced yesterday that they were ready to begin accepting orders for the 918 Spyder, one big number leapt out at us (and a lot of other people in the world: 845,000. That’s the number of slips of federal paper with George Washington’s face on them you’ll need to land a 918 in your driveway starting in late 2013.
That said, buying one isn’t as simple as saving up your pocket change for two-and-a-half years then walking into a Porsche dealership with $850K worth of coins piled in a Radio Flyer. There’s a bit of a process behind this. So, to make things easier for our readers who may be considering buying Porsche’s new hybrid supercar, we’ve put together this handy step-by-step walk-through of the purchasing process.
Step 1. You go to your dealer and tell the sexiest saleswoman there that you’d like to buy a 918 Spyder.
Step 2. If the dealership hasn’t done so already (on the assumption that they’ll be placing a 918 order), the saleswoman files an “Allocation Request Form” with Porsche.
Step 3. Porsche writes back with an “Allocation Response Form,” telling her if her dealership can have an 918 order slot. If the answer is no, find another dealership and return to Step 1; if the answer is yes, continue to Step 4.
Step 4. You and your sultry saleswoman place an official order for a 918 Spyder. At this point, you place a $200,000 refundable deposit on the car. Afterwards, you take the saleswoman out for a drink.
Step 5. Porsche tells you the month your 918 Spyder will hit the production line. Exactly one year before that date, you give Porsche another $200,000 deposit towards the car. At this point, your order is locked in, and if you decide to pull out, you’ll lose your deposit. If all goes according to plan, you’ll also be deciding to “lock in” or “pull out” with your saleswoman, if you get our drift.
Step 6. You choose your options for the car. Have some fun with it, but don’t go crazy. Remember, it’s a Porsche: if you’re having doubts about the color, go with silver.
Step 7. Porsche builds your vehicle, sometime after September 17th, 2013. Hopefully by now, your relationship with the saleswoman has blossomed into a full-blown romance, and thanks to the emotional support you’ve given her, she’s considering leaving her car dealership job and pursuing her dream career of stunt driver.
Step 8. The factory notifies the dealership that your car is done. At this point, you pay off the balance of your bill. Porsche won’t let the car leave the factory until they’ve got the money, so you might want to make sure the cash is lined up beforehand. Once the car is paid for, your saleswoman-turned-girlfriend quits her job at the dealership and quickly finds a position at a professional driving school.
Step 9. Your Porsche 918 Spyder is delivered. You propose to your gorgeous, Porsche-loving, stunt-driving girlfriend, and she accepts. Cue end titles.
If you want to check out Porsche’s full list of Frequently Asked Questions about the 918 Spyder, we’ve included them below. In the meantime, we’ll be buying Mega Millions tickets.
Pictured: Porsche 918 Spyder Concept